By Barbara van der Ven Is it possible to patent the sequence (or partial sequence) of human genes? Genetic research is very important in the fields of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases and non communicable diseases. From the very beginning, genetic research has always been connected with moral and ethical questions, such as […]
By Anke Holtland, Jacobine van Beijeren The Dutch Data Protection Authority published its decision last week to impose a processing ban on the Minister of Finance for the processing of Citizen Service Numbers ( BSNs ) in VAT identification numbers by the Tax Authorities. Background of the use of BSNs The Tax and Customs Administration is charged with providing VAT […]
The Financial Regulatory News Updates: an overview in which our Banking and Finance Practice Group highlights recent legislative developments and publications of supervisory authorities in the financial markets.
By Marc Wiggers, Thomas Verstraeten On 17 December 2018, the European Commission (‘Commission’) announced that it had imposed an antitrust fine of EUR 40 million on clothing company Guess for illegally restricting its resellers from using the Guess brand names and trademarks for the purposes of online search advertising and making cross-border sales of Guess […]
By Stéphanie De Smedt, Alice Boulvain. Aleksandra Sanak The EU Geo-blocking Regulation applies since 3 December 2018. It impacts many businesses that sell their goods and services online or offline across the EU, including companies offering food supplements or (over-the-counter) medicines, who now need to make sure they comply with these new rules.
Confidentiality is crucial to the relationship of trust and confidence between patients and their doctors. Huntington’s disease is a hereditary condition. Children of a sufferer have a 50% chance of developing the condition usually as an adult. It leads to severe physical and cognitive impairment. It is life shortening and in its later stages full-time care is required. If a father is suspected of suffering this condition, should his daughter be told even if her father has not consented? ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust looked at patient confidentiality in just such a situation.
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As the country is eased out of lockdown, we held a webinar with our Managing Partner, Carl Jackson along with Partner, Louise Durkan and Director, Paul Slevin, to share their insights with regards to what they are seeing in the market. The webinar covers: The key concerns of business as they exit lockdown and ‘get […]
On 23 April 2020, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal (“CICA”) delivered an important decision in the case of Re China CVS (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp., which focussed on the question of arbitrability of shareholder petitions for the winding up of a company on the just and equitable ground. The CICA (Moses JA, Martin JA and Rix JA) unanimously determined that the petition in question was not arbitrable, thus overturning the first instance decision of Kawaley J, which formed the subject of our bulletin “Court Grants Mandatory Arbitration Stay in Winding Up Proceedings”.
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Benelux’s largest firm, Loyens & Loeff, has set itself a target of achieving a 30 per cent female partnership by 2025, requiring it to almost double its numbers in just five years. Loyens is one of just 43 European 100 firms to have added female partners in 2019, but its female partnership proportion was still […]
Students with disabilities who are set to take the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) exams online this summer have expressed their dismay after providers emailed them at short notice, leaving only 24 hours for them to decide whether to agree to take the exams in a testing centre, with no guarantee their special requirements would […]
Burness Paull has completed a multimillion-pound fundraising round, in which the firm’s top equity partners were asked to double their capital stakes to £300,000. The firm voted through the cash call in April, as partners opted to inject cash into the business rather than raise bank borrowings. Burness Paull has also reduced monthly drawings by […]
The Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman (FSPO) for the Republic of Ireland is recruiting a head of legal. The role, based in the FSPO’s HQ in Dublin, will oversee the organisation’s legal functions. They will lead a small team responsible for carrying out legal research and analysis and the preparation of legal advice and determinations, […]
DWF has hired a three-strong real estate team from Baker McKenzie to boost its Warsaw office, days after the listed firm made considerable cuts across its international network. The team is led by partner Joanna Wojnarowska, who brings along senior associates Weronika Roesler and Ewa Lewandowska. As part of the move, the partner will become […]
A criminal barrister’s fight against her own chambers and Stonewall took an unexpected turn today, as Allison Bailey criticised a crowdfunding platform for removing her page without warning. Bailey, who has so far raised over £60,000 to fund her Employment Tribunal claim against Garden Court Chambers and the charity, published a comprehensive Twitter post on […]